Obituary: Pauline Williams Quinn, 99, of Monroe City

Pauline Quinn
Posted: Jul. 8, 2019 5:25 pm

Pauline Williams Quinn, 99, of Monroe City, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at the Monroe City Manor, Monroe City.

She was born Aug. 21,1919, in Arapahoe, Neb., the daughter of Sidney and Elizabeth Ann Seward Williams.

She is survived by six children, Roseanne Quinn (Bob Crabtree), Hattiesburg, Miss., Father Michael Quinn, Hannibal, Tim Quinn (Barbara), Monroe City, Dan Quinn (Andrea), Swisher, Iowa, Teresa Quinn, Irving, Texas, and Kay Turnbull (P. A.), Monroe City. She is survived by one sister, Dena Lindhorst, Lexington; and by six grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Elizabeth Seward Williams; husband of 59 years, Ambrose Quinn; son, Father Patrick Quinn; grandson, Paul Alan Turnbull III; and by siblings, Lucille Hays, Steve Williams, Marie Cimino, Robert Williams, Rose Hays, Catherine Williams, Eva Jo Spalding, Edward Williams and Tony Williams.

Many years she spent on the farm south of town (aka the Ponderosa). Early mornings would find Ambrose and Pauline playing cards and enjoying coffee, then off to Mass before chores. Most days they would welcome various grandchildren. who often came by for a Rice Krispie treat but most times would end up helping in the garden, swinging on the monkey swing or playing in the tree house. Evenings would find Pauline and Ambrose with bowls in their laps snapping beans or shelling peas. Visitors were welcome and were put to work helping with the produce.

For many years winters were spent in Riverview, Fla., where they entertained a nearly constant stream of visiting relatives and friends, in particular Jim and Mary Hays. They enjoyed going to the greyhound races and attending spring training games of the Cardinals. After moving to town, Pauline continued to enjoy daily Mass, lunch and card playing at the Nutrition Center, and cooking for her family. Holidays were spent at the house across from Holy Rosary Church, where she would prepare meals for more than 30 family and friends. She enjoyed these gatherings well into her 90s. She lived her life filled with faith, love and family. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Holy Rosary Church, Monroe City. Mass was celebrated by Father Gregory Oligschlaeger, concelebrated by Bishop Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City, and by numerous priests of the diocese, including her son, Father Michael Quinn.

Visitation was Sunday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the Rosary being recited at 3:45 p.m. and a Parrish Scripture service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Monroe City.

Interment was next to her husband, Ambrose, and son, Father Pat Quinn, at the  Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Monroe City.

Memorials are suggested to the Holy Rosary Church, Holy Rosary School or the Monroe City Nutrition Center.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Garner Funeral Home & Chapel, Monroe City. 

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